Perspectives on Culture

Perspectives on Culture : A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology

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For courses in General and Cultural Anthropology. This text provides a critical introduction to theory in cultural anthropology-from the perspective of the philosophy of science. It teaches students the analytical skills needed to assess the often contradictory claims to knowledge and theoretical perspectives encountered in the course of their more

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  • Paperback | 531 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 748.44g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130931349
  • 9780130931344

Table of contents

1. The Nature of Anthropology and Anthropological Knowledge. 2. Science and Anthropology: Epistemological Questions. 3. Evolutionism and the Beginnings of Anthropology during the Nineteenth Century. 4. Lewis Henry Morgan and the Evolution of Society. 5. The Diffusionists: Unbridled Imagination and the History of Culture. 6. Historical Particularism: The Anthropology of Franz Boas and the Demise of Theory. 7. After Boas: The Development of American Anthropology. 8. Bronislaw Malinowski, Functionalism, and Modern Anthropology. 9. From Functionalism to Structural-Functionalism: The Anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown. 10. Cultural Evolution Returns: Leslie White and Julian Steward. 11. French Structuralism: The Anthropology of Claude Lvi-Strauss. 12. Ethnoscience and Cognitive Anthropology: The Problem of Local Knowledge. 13. Symbols, Symbolic Anthropology and the Interpretation of Culture. 14. Scientific, Materialist and Marxist Anthropology. 15. Postmodern Anthropology. 16. Conclusion: Anthropology in the 21st more

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